These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

Summer is in full swing and that means a heat wave can roll in at anytime. When temperatures start to rise, the last thing you may want to do is turn on the stove and add more heat to the kitchen. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some no-cook recipe ideas for you to try, while letting your stove at your Eastbourne apartment (166 Eastbourne Ave) take a vacation.

 

Smoked Salmon Tostadas

 

These salmon tostadas with zucchini-radish slaw are simple to prepare, but taste like they took a lot of time and energy. Top and serve these tostadas with sliced avocado and you’ve got a substantial and flavourful meal, without ever turning the oven on.

 

Zucchini Pesto “Pasta”

 

You don’t want to turn on the stove and you’re trying to eat lighter and healthier — but you have a craving for pasta that won’t go away. What do you do? Try this no-cook recipe that uses zucchini noodles or “zoodles” rather that pasta noodles. It’s ready in about 15 minutes without adding any heat to the kitchen of your Eastbourne apartment. It will really hit the spot in a heat wave, when nothing but pasta will do.

 

Italian Panzanella

 

If you think a summer salad isn’t a satisfying meal, think again. This panzanella uses cubes of bread that soak up a zesty dressing. The salad also features white beans and provolone cheese which add a hearty amount of protein to this substantial salad that keeps the stove off.

 

Ploughman’s Platter

 

This simple but substantial Ploughman’s Platter lunch or dinner will fill you up without heating up your kitchen. You can substitute the sliced ham for any other cold cuts you may prefer. It’s basically a satisfying sandwich, laid out and arranged into component parts and enjoyed Mediterranean-style.
The Greenrock blog team hopes these no-cook recipes satisfy your hunger, without heating up your kitchen. For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

Check out the EX while you can!

Check out the EX while you can!

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka the CNE, aka The EX! ) is a late summer tradition that brings excitement and joy to visitors. It’s a great cure for the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning on heading down to the CNE from your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment, the blog team at Greenrock Property Management wants to help you make the most of it. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Casino

 

The CNE Casino is a popular draw. It features a variety of games to suit your needs like Blackjack, roulette, 3 Card Poker and a private, air-conditioned Texas Hold ‘em Poker room. There is a licensed outdoor patio where guests can enjoy live entertainment and order a selection of midway treats.

 

Exhibits

 

The EX wouldn’t be the EX without the Exhibitions. This year’s selection includes something for everyone. There is the Star Trek: 50 Years, 50 Artists exhibit which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the series with works from 50 artists from around the world. The Garden Show and theTopiary both get the green thumbs up. The International Sand Sculpting Competition will leave you amazed.

 

Food

 

More than 1 million visitors come to the Toronto Star Food Building each year for a variety of fine fare from around the world. There is also Food Truck Frenzy, an event featuring the city’s favourite food trucks. Ribfest is a favourite, providing a fabulous feast for all. There is something to please every palate.

 

Airshow

 

The Labour Day weekend brings not only the end of the EX and the unofficial end of summer, it also brings the Canadian International Air Showfrom September 3rd to 5th. The awe-inspiring show features the Breitling Jet Team, CF-18 Hornet, and of course, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The summer can seem short-lived. The EX goes by even faster. The CNE runs only from August 19th to September 5th. Don’t miss it! For more information about Greenrock rental communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

These ice cream parlours are ready to take your order

These ice cream parlours are ready to take your order

Ice cream season is in full swing. If you are looking to indulge in this perfect summer treat, the blog team at Greenrock Property Managementhas some suggestions for places to try, near your Wingreen Court Apartment (2 -11 Wingreen Court).

 

Ice ‘n Cake

 

If you’re craving a fancy chilled dessert or ice cream, check out the European style gelato parlour (gelateria) and patisserie Ice ‘n Cake (30 Clock Tower Road), only a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from Wingreen Court. The gelato is made on site using the finest imported chocolate, exotic fruits and nuts. They are open until midnight on weekends and until 11pm on week days to satisfy your late night cravings.

 

Baskin Robbins

 

You don’t get to be the biggest ice cream chain in the world without having a product to back it up. Baskin Robbins has been synonymous with ice cream since they opened in 1945. They have a location at 1448 Lawrence Avenue East – only an 8 minute bike ride or a 5 minute drive from your apartment at Wingreen Court. There is still time to sample all 31 flavours this summer!

 

Menchie’s

 

What Baskin Robbins has been doing for ice cream since 1945, Menchie’s is doing with frozen yogurt. This froyo chain features an ever-changing menu of flavours and your choice of toppings. What more could you want?! They have a location at 865 York Mills Road that you can ride you bicycle to in under 10 minutes from Wingreen Court.
There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy, you might as well enjoy it a little more with some ice cream. For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including Wingreen Court, please click here.

Visit these beaches before summer’s out

Visit these beaches before summer's out

As August ushers in the dog days of summer, you may be looking for ways to cool off in Toronto. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for great beaches to visit not too far from home, at Village Green Apartments (40,50 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, Toronto).

 

Woodbine Park Beach

 

The most popular beach in Toronto is Woodbine Beach (1675 Lakeshore Boulevard E). This large beach near Woodbine at Queen Street East is about 30 minutes by bicycle or 20 minutes by car from Village Green Apartments. There is plenty of parking at nearby Ashbridges Bay Park. Woodbine Beach features picnic areas (sheltered or unsheltered), a snackbar, beach volleyball courts, change rooms, washrooms, showers and even a footwash station. Woodbine Beach is not the only beach in the area. It is the beginning of over 3 kilometers of beaches that stretch east, including Kew/Balmy beach.

 

Sunnyside Beach

 

A popular destination since the 1890’s, Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lakeshore Boulevard W) is about a 25 minute drive from Village Green Apartments. There is lovely boardwalk for strolling and the paved Martin Goodman path for cycling. The beach has a breakwall to keep the waters calm for bathers or paddlers.

 

Hanlan’s Point

 

Located on the west side of Toronto Island Park, Hanlan’s Point Beach features everything you want in a beach and more. Clean water and sand, bike trails nearby, washroom/change rooms, volleyball court. There is also the clothing optional area, one of only two in Canada. The ferry to the island is located at 9 Queens Quay West (less than 15 minutes by bike or just over 20 minutes by TTC from Village Green Apartments. You can choose the southeastern shore and head to Ward’s Island Beach.

 

Cherry/Clarke Beach

 

Located at the foot of Cherry Street, Cherry/Clarke Beach is about 25 minutes away from Village Green Apartments by either car or bike. Parking is also available onsite. The beach is situated along the Martin Goodman trail. The area is a popular spot for kite boarders, swimmers and sunbathers alike. The beach is also reachable by TTC during the summer, plan on about 45 minutes travel time from Village Green.

There is still plenty of time to enjoy the sun and the surf at a beach near your Village Green Apartment. For more information on Greenrock Property Management and our rental communities, please visit our website.

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival

The Hot & Spicy Food Festival is turning up the heat this August near Davisville Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). To make the most of this one-of-a-kind hot and spicy summertime affair, check out today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

The need-to-know

 

Toronto’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival has been a summer tradition for 18 years and counting. Expect the biggest and best festival yet, with plenty to see and do for all ages. The event is free to attend and runs from August 19th through 21st at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), a 15-minute drive or taxi ride from Davisville Apartments.

 

Where to start

 

Jump right in to this year’s festival by heading first to the World Café, open daily. This café is the perfect spot to kickstart your festival experience because it offers you a diverse sampling of delicious eats from around the world, in one easy location. Take our word for it—go hungry. This café will not disappoint.

 

Explore the markets

 

Take a taste of the festival home to Davisville Apartments. Begin at Lakeview Market – and incredible market featuring vendors selling everything from clothing to housewares. Next, narrow in on the hot stuff you love at the Red Hot Market. Here you can find all-things spicy—from sauces to rubs, jellies to pickles and every marinade under the sun. Both markets are open every day of the festival.

 

Catch a concert

 

Beyond the food, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival boasts an impressive lineup of live entertainment. Each night promises a spicy new show. Acclaimed as one of the best soul and funk bands in Toronto, Yuka will take the stage on Saturday night, August 20th. This is a show not to be missed. The performance begins on the Concert Stage at 8:00 p.m.

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, coming to Toronto this month and featured today by the Greenrock Property Managementblog team. For more information about nearby Davisville Apartments, visit our website today.

Watch a movie under the stars at one of these events

Watch a movie under the stars at one of these events

Lazy summer days in the sun are great, but balmy summer nights can be even better. There is still plenty of summer left for you to find a comfy spot under the stars and watch a movie. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for outdoor cinema near your Toronto apartment.

 

Sail-In Cinema

 

From August 18th to 20th, Toronto’s Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive) becomes Sail-In Cinema — the world’s first two-sided, floating movie theatre. Last year’s event attracted more than 11,000 people. Visitors enjoyed the films from land on blankets, cushions and lawn chairs and over 100 boats dropped anchor to watch the two sided screen. It is the largest outdoor movie theatre in the world. This year’s program includes three classic feature films — Hook (Thursday, August 18th), Jumanji (August 19th) and The Princess Bride (Saturday, August 20th). Best of all, the theatre is less than a 15 minute drive from the apartments at 5 Benlamond Avenue.

 

Free Flicks at Harbourfront Centre

 

Every Wednesday evening, all summer long, Harbourfront Centre presents their Free Flicks event. All films are, of course, free. On Wednesday, August 10th, catch Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie. Cast your vote now for the closing night movie, on August 31st. You can cast a ballot for Slumdog Millionaire, Gravity or The King’s Speech. You can reach Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West) in a little over 30 minutes from your 166 Eastbourne apartment.

 

Christie Pits

 

The Christie Pits Film Festival is back for its sixth year. Every Sunday night until August 28th, you can catch a film in Christie Pits Park. All films are pay-what-you-can and BYOB (bring your own blanket). This year’s theme is Stranded! In Christie Pits. All films will deal with the themes of confinement, escape, isolation and perseverance. Christie Pits Park is a 15 minute drive or 30 minute TTC ride from Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue).

 

Yonge and Dundas Square

 

Every Tuesday night until August 30th, enjoy free movies at Yonge and Dundas Square. This year’s theme is comedy. You can catch a double feature on August 9th with Wayne’s World and The Ladies Man. Yonge and Dundas Square is less than a 15 walk from Village Green Apartments (40,50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). Admission is free.

 

Don’t miss out on the free film fun this summer. When the sun goes down, the curtain goes up. Watching a great film under the stars is a perfect, laid back, summer evening activity. For more information of Greenrock rental properties, please visit our website.

Savour the flavours of the Americas at Pan American Food Festival

Savour the flavours of the Americas at Pan American Food Festival

 

Fantastic flavours, timeless folklore and fun-filled festivities are just around the corner at the Pan American Food Festival. Don’t miss this great event happening near our Toronto apartments this month. Learn more about this event in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

Travel the world close to home

 

The Pan American Food Festival is a two-day summertime celebration of flavours from all around the Americas. Enjoy live music, dance performances, food competitions and world-renowned chefs. This year’s celebration will take place August 13th and 14th at nearby Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), just a 15-minute walk from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Streetor) or 20-minutes if traveling by bus from Davisville Village Apartments (225 Davisville Avenue, 77 Davisville Avenue 45 Balliol Street).

 

This year’s featured country

 

Every year the Pan American Food Festival features a host country. This year experience the cultural magic of Bolivia when you attend Carnival in Bolivia at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th. On Sunday, continue your Bolivian adventure with a free food demo presented by Bolivian master chef, Marko Bonifaz. The demo runs for a half hour beginning at noon.

 

Don’t miss the competitions

 

In addition to food demos and live entertainment, this month’s Pan American Food Festival includes a couple of high-energy food competitions you and your friends will not want to miss. The Ceviche Smackdown promises to be a fun and intense competition, as nearly every country in the Americas has their own variation of this popular dish. Sample chefs’ creations and help determine the winner. The Smackdown is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you set aside time to savour the flavours at this summer’s Pan American Food Festival. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, please visit our website.

Taste Ontario at the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival

Taste Ontario at the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival

Known as one of the best beer festivals in Ontario, the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival is an amazing close-to-home opportunity for discovering awesome brews. Learn more about this August event in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team, compiled specifically for residents at Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street).

 

The best brews in your backyard

 

The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival sets itself apart from the crowd by exclusively featuring made-in-Ontario beers from independent, small-batch brewers. The event is hosted by beer royalty, Steam Whistle Brewing. This year’s two-day event runs from August 13th to 14th, noon to 6:00 p.m., at Roundhouse Park (255 Bremner Boulevard). From Village Green Apartments, the park is roughly a 10-minute drive away.

 

What to expect

 

All you need for the upcoming festival is a blanket, your appetite and a beer craving. Invite a group of friends and plan to spend the afternoon in the park, sampling different beverages from around the province. This year’s participating breweries include the radical Flying Monkeys Craft Breweryfrom Barrie, long-time Toronto brewers, Black Oak Beer, and up-and-coming newbies, High Park Brewery, among many others. Pair your beer with food from Toronto’s best food trucks, which will also be at the park for the weekend.

 

Save your spot

 

Save your spot and save cash. Discounted tickets to this summer’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival are now available online. Take note, this event is only open to adults age 19 and older.

 

The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival is an awesome opportunity taste the best of Ontario beer without traveling far from home. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wishes you a fun and safe festival experience! For more information about Village Green Apartments, please visit our website.

Enjoy great theatre at SummerWorks

Enjoy great theatre at SummerWorks

Canada’s largest curated performance of theatre, dance, music and live art is happening this summer near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue). Will you join the festivities? Check out today’s post from Greenrock Property Management to learn more.

 

500 artists and counting

 

For 11 days, SummerWorks welcomes hundreds of local, national and international artists to its many stages around the city. Performances include everything from live art to theatre, dance and music. Heralded as the starting ground for new and groundbreaking art, SummerWorks is a once-a-year event worth adding to your calendar. This year’s event runs August 4th through 14th.

 

The place to be

 

Looking for the best place to hang out? The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) is  partnering with the event to serve as the SummerWorks Festival Hub. Home to multiple performance venues, art installations and pop-up performances and a bar that is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, the Hub will be full of activity all day long. The Theatre Centre is about a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments.

 

Attend a class

 

Take your SummerWorks experience to the next level by attending a Movement Class offered throughout the event. The series will feature artists from around the world. Drop in to a class whenever it works best for your schedule. Held in the Factory Theatre Rehearsal Hall (125  Bathurst Street), Eastbourne Avenue Apartments is a 20-minute drive from this spot.

 

Don’t miss the awards

 

The SummerWorks festival includes many awards for participating artists. Celebrate another successful run of the festival and see who earns the coveted awards by attending the Closing Night Party, held at the Factory Theatre. The fun kicks off after 10:00 p.m. on August 4th.

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management team encourages you to check out SummerWorks, happening in Toronto this summer. For more information about nearby Eastbourne Avenue Apartments, visit our website today.

Find zen for free this weekend at Yogapalooza

Find zen for free this weekend at Yogapalooza

Yogis, rejoice! Yogapalooza returns to Harbourfront Centre this summer, not far from our Toronto apartments. Learn more about this free outdoor festival in today’s post compiled by the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Get moving at Yogapalooza

 

Yogapalooza invites all of Toronto out to the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on August 6th and 7th for two days of movement, meditation and music. This waterside family-friendly event is free to attend and the perfect excuse to get outside and get moving. The Centre, which is located downtown along the lake, is just over a 10-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (40 Alexander Street, 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) or just a 15 minute drive from Benlamond Apartments (5 Benlamond Avenue).

 

Check out the schedule

 

The seventh annual Yogapalooza features classes and workshops on two stages — the Main Stage and the Community Garden Space. Jump right in by attending the first class of the festival, a Vinyasa class on the Main Stage at 11:00 a.m on August 6th. Attending with little ones? At the Community Garden, Children’s Yoga will also kickoff at 11:00 a.m. To wind down your festival experience, Meditation Toronto is coming on August 7th at 5:00 p.m. on the Main Stage.

 

Get your gear

 

Before you head home, check out the Yogapalooza Wholesome Marketplace. The marketplace showcases a great lineup of local vendors committed to healthy, happy living. Looking for new yoga gear? Bring your wallet just in case you find the perfect thing.

 

Your chance to find zen for free is nearly here! Don’t miss Yogapalooza, featured today by the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information about Toronto apartments, visit our website today.